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ERIC Number: EJ1018622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Evidence Use and the Common Core Standards Movement: From Problem Definition to Policy Adoption
McDonnell, Lorraine M.; Weatherford, M. Stephen
American Journal of Education, v120 n1 p1-25 Nov 2013
Despite calls for research-based policies, other types of evidence also influence education policy, including personal experience, professional expertise, and normative values. This article focuses on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative, examining how research use varied over stages of the process and how it was integrated with other types of evidence. By drawing on elite interviews, we find that CCSS promoters and developers used evidence in much the way that policy analysis research would predict and that while research evidence was a major resource, it was combined with other types of evidence depending on political and policy goals at different stages of the CCSS process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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